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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just about as fast as it gets!

For the first hour this morning at Chouet landfill Beach I recorded colour ringed gulls at the eye-straining rate of 216 birds per hour! That's just about as fast as I ever get here...and after an hour I was ready for a cup of coffee! Conditions this morning were perfect - a slow rising tide pushing the birds ever closer on the beach, and few dogs passing flushing the gulls. In 90 minutes I recorded just over 100 cr LBBGs (including a Portuguese-ringed bird first seen in Guernsey last year - Blue M:012).
I also recorded 140 Herring Gulls and 14 GBBGs - including three French-ringed birds. All in all a wonderful start to the day!
Gulls on Chouet Landfill Beach (c) PKV

LBBG B8N7 (recorded in Portugal this winter) (c) PKV LBBG 3.H5 has never been recorded in winter (over four years since ringing) (c) PKV

LBBG Blue M:012 - ringed Figueira da Foz by Rute Costa (c) PKV


LBBG B0AW4 (recorded this winter on autumn passage in Northern Spain by Gilberto Jardon and Oscar Chao, then in Northern Morocco by Peter Rock, Nils Helge-Lorentzen and PKV, and in Portugal on return passage by Tim van Nus and Pedro Moreira) (c) PKV

Gulls on Chouet Landfill Beach (c) PKV

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